Women Have Already Made History in the 2021 Mayoral Race

(CITY LIMITS) November 27, 2020

By officially entering the 2021 mayoral campaign last Thursday, nonprofit executive and single mom of two Dianne Morales made history. Or, to put it more accurately, she joined her fellow female mayoral candidates in making history together.

The Democratic mayoral field now has more serious female candidates than in any previous cycle. In addition to Morales, there is Maya Wiley, the civil rights activist and one-time counsel to Mayor de Blasio, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and Loree Sutton, a psychiatrist and retired Army general who once served as the city’s commissioner of veteran’s services.

While there is a long road to the Democratic primary in late June, it is very likely there will be more than one woman on the primary ballot for the first time ever. This year will see the advent of ranked-choice voting, which provides a strategic rationale for candidates to stay in the race even if they face unfavorable odds against the full field. It will also feature a newly generous rate for public matching funds, making it easier for outsider candidates to mount robust campaigns.

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